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Dhaka shares same position as Washington holds on ISIS: Ziauddin

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Dhaka shares same position as Washington holds on ISIS: Ziauddin

06 November 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin has said that Dhaka shares the same position as the Washington holds on ISIS and strongly condemns its terrorist activities.

He said Bangladesh is working closely with the U.S, neighbors and other friendly countries to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Bangladesh and beyond as the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed “zero tolerance” against all forms of extremism and terrorism.

Ambassador Ziauddin said this when he met with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Congressman David G. Reichert, member of the House Committee at their offices in the Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to a message received here from Washington D.C. this morning.

During the meeting, Ziauddin briefed Tulsi Gabbard about the brutal killing of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman with 18 members of his family in 1975, subsequently, indemnity to the killers, rehabilitation and rewarding of the anti-liberation forces, creation of religion-based political parties, consecutive military rules and recent arson, killings and violence by the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Ambassador Ziauddin also added that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself is a victim of terrorist acts and due to her own tragic experience she has a firm mindset against extremism and terrorism.

The present government is persistently working on education and women empowerment to weed-out the cocoon of extremism and terrorism.

The Ambassador informed that 85 percent of the RMG workers in Bangladesh are women and they have stepped out of their homes and are contributing to poverty alleviation, literacy and above all weakening extremism and reinforcing government’s efforts to eliminate extremism.

“Women are transforming society in Bangladesh into a progressive one, which is a panacea for ridding the country of all forms of extremism and radicalization,” he added.

During the meeting with the influential Republican Congressman David Reichert, the Ambassador mentioned that Bangladesh does not enjoy any trade preference with the United States.

He informed that the preferential treatments to the trans-pacific partners shall chip away the competitiveness of Bangladeshi products in the U.S. market.

Bangladesh apparels are subjected to high tariff in the U.S. as opposed to zero tariffs to almost all other developed countries in the world.

This predicts a dire consequence for the export of Bangladeshi RMG to the U.S. and adversely impact Bangladesh’s apparel industry, women empowerment, poverty alleviation and above all, country’s war against extremism, he said.

Ambassador Ziauddin said the US government should consider duty-free quota free access of Bangladeshi products to the US market, particularly RMG to strengthen Bangladesh’s ongoing fight against extremism.

Taking note of the briefings by the Ambassador, Congressman David Reichert said that he will look into the issues.

Political Counselors Nayem Ahmed and Toufique Hasan of the Embassy accompanied the Ambassador during the meeting, the message added.

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